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BMW M54 Oil Filter Comparison – Part 1

Recently a comparison test was performed on three different OEM filters suitable for use in the BMW M54 Engine.

OEM or Original Equipment Manufacturer is defined as any company that has made an Original Equipment truck part, or, the company that has manufactured your truck. This is a relatively broad description, and OEM doesn’t always necessarily mean that it is something *good*.

For this test all the filters are high quality, all are made in Western Europe – although the Mann filters are now made in Mexico – and they are all made by the main three companies that produce filters …

Mitsubishi Vs Hino Trucks

Let’s take a look at the Mitsubishi Fuso Vs the Hino Ranger; these are two heavy flatbed trucks.

Based in Japan, Hino motors have produced the Hino Ranger, and it is the only truck in Japan offering an automatic transmission. The intelligent Hino offers a fuel saving torque converter allowing the driver to adopt the driving style of an automatic transmission. The Hino company itself dates back to 1910, with the model TGE *A-type* truck the first motor vehicle produced by them in 1917.

The Mitsubishi Fuso Truck was first released in 1984 and was the successor to the FK series, …

Volvo Trucks strengthens its electromobility offer

If you’ve been following developments with Prius and Tesla, then you know electric cars are increasing in ability and popularity. What you might not know is electric trucks are in the mix too. In May 2018, Volvo released two new models of electric trucks – the Volvo FE and the Volvo FL. Volvo plans to launch wide-scale European sales in 2019, after testing them out in Sweden and Norway this year.

The two electric truck models were released within three weeks of each other, and while they utilise similar truck parts, their specs are slightly different. The FE has a range …

Can you really afford cheap?

Whether you are repairing your truck yourself or having the work carried out by a professional mechanic – if you want new truck parts to last longer than a year always buy or insist on professional grade truck spare parts as they cost far less in the long run.

Recently Hengst parts were involved in a *road test* where they compared their genuine parts against *cheap* truck parts. Bench tests can be unreliable as often those doing the testing are looking for a particular outcome. However, a field test performed in Asia pitted an original Hengst Filter against a German …

BMW M54 Oil Filter Comparison – Part 2

Oil filter comparison continued. In part 1 we began our comparison and looked at the Mann oil filter in depth, today we conclude. Please remember that European truck manufacturers use all these companies for their OE Filter production.
The caps for this filter are made from plastic, just like the oil filter housing cap itself, while the gasket in the middle is rubber which presses nicely onto the oil filter housing and cap, and it seals well, with no seam inside. Unfortunately, the seam is on the outside – and it’s *not pretty*. It is slightly taller than the Mann …

The most commonly requested spare parts for Japanese trucks

There are two popular bumper stickers that never fail to make you smile. The first states ‘the car in front is always a Toyota’. The second is often on a smaller car, like a Suzuki Alto or Starlet. It says ‘when I grow up, I want to be …’ then inserts a photo of a huge 4WD from the same manufacturer. They make us smile – even laugh – because they’re true, so we can all connect with them on some level.

The ubiquity of Japanese vehicles on the road isn’t restricted to small hatchbacks and off-roaders. The heavy vehicle market …

Tips for sourcing spare parts for American trucks

Most of the trucks on Australian roads are from Japan, but you’ll spot the occasional Mack or Chevrolet. You might also see Japanese brands sourced from factories in the US, which means their parts differ slightly from Japan-bought cars, and they might have left-hand drive. Keeping your American truck in shape can be a challenge though, because the factories are so far away and truck spare parts may not be as easily available.

Fortunately, you don’t need a visa to repair or modify your American truck. You just need to do some smart shopping, and be on the lookout for …

Why demand for aftermarket truck parts is increasing

In some parts of the third world, car theft is a standard part of vehicle ownership. And they don’t just steal your car from the parking lot. Sometimes, you’ll be stuck in traffic and someone will run past, grabbing your side mirror as they go. Or if the gridlock is really bad, they’ll squat and pry off you headlights and wheel caps, knowing there’s no way you can get out and give chase.

In these parts of the world, there are known markets for spare parts, so you can drive out of traffic and straight to the shop. Sometimes, they’ll look …

JOINT RELEASE: PBS report highlights a decade of success

Road safety measures can be difficult to enforce, because truck drivers and fleet owners often feel like they’re being put on the defensive. As for vehicle manufacturers and truck parts suppliers, it can seem like excess expenditure. It’s not that they don’t care about truck safety and saving lives. It’s that many safety policies and regulations are developed in a vacuum.

Ordinarily, they’ll be designed through a bureaucratic process that is often far removed from the experience of actual drivers and fleet managers. These policies are often theoretical, based on conceptual observations rather than road testing. This approach not only …

Heavy vehicle safety tools launched

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has a somewhat intimidating name. After all, in many cases, a regulator is in direct confrontation with the entities that they … well … regulate. These regulators are largely responsible for creating and enforcing policies that affect the way their wards do business, and whether the issue is matching uniforms or truck spare parts, punitive measures can be harsh. This makes industry stakeholders wary of regulators.

Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the case. When a regulator does their job well, they give you recommendations and mandatories, and the consequences of not following their …

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